News for February 2017

Full Circle

February 24, 2017 / Chad Angasan

It never ceases to amaze me how God uniquely works. Mary Klein’s story began in 1959, and my memories of my grandmother are still vivid and clear as if it was yesterday. When I would visit her, the aroma of fresh bread and caribou stew would fill my nose. After she came to hug and kiss me, I’d hear, “Go eat, beebe!” with her thick Native Alaskan accent.

Love poured from my grandmother to my mother, Cecelia; her two sisters, Marilyn and Linda; my cousins; siblings; and me. 


February 24, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

It was an image I’ll never forget, though it harkens back more than four decades. The sun was riding low in the west as I neared the iconic overlook to Yosemite Valley. On a clear day, the view stretches east from Bridalveil Fall in the foreground to the granite monolith of El Capitan and onward to the unmistakable wall of Half Dome.

This was not that sort of day.

La Iglesia Hispana De Kent Hace Amistades Para El Reino De Los Cielos

February 23, 2017

Los miembros de la Iglesia Hispana de la Comunidad de Kent, Wash., salen todos los sábados en la tarde en grupos de cuatro a seis personas a hacer visitas en el vecindario. La primera visita solo es para establecer una amistad, la segunda para presentarle una persona que estará orando por su hogar, en la tercera visita se le lleva un pequeño regalo y la cuarta visita incluye una encuesta y una invitación a una actividad en donde la persona pueda conocer otros miembros de la iglesia.

ASI Northwest: Fresh Direction, Expanded Vision

February 23, 2017

You know you’ve arrived as an organization when everyone recognizes you by an acronym. Read NFL, CSI, FBI or NASA in a sentence, and you’re likely to know exactly what’s meant without any further ado. In Adventist circles, of course, we quickly recognize GC, EGW, ADRA and … ASI. But what does ASI really stand for, and what does it do?

Spritual Care Volunteers Provide Comfort, Support for Portland Surgery Patients

February 23, 2017 / C.J. Anderson

A Prayerful Companion

The mission of Adventist Health calls each team member to care for patients and guests in unique and personal ways. This emphasis on faith leads team members to serve the spiritual needs of the community as well. A new collaboration between Adventist Health’s spiritual care team and dedicated volunteers is making prayer a present and personal part of surgeries at Adventist Medical Center.

Oregon’s Deaf Christian Women’s Ministry Hosts Retreat

February 22, 2017 / Tawny Sportsman

Oregon’s Deaf Christian Women’s Ministry (DCWM) hosted a retreat in September in Ocean Park, Wash., where 20 women from across the United States — including from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Texas and New York — gathered for a spirit-filled weekend. The retreat's theme, “Walking With Jesus,” reminds us that walking together requires a commitment — we must be going the same direction, at the same pace, at the same time and to the same place. Tawny Sportsman and Bunola Hovey were keynote speakers.

40 Days of Prayer Ends in Camp Meeting

February 22, 2017 / Jay Wintermeyer

Can you imagine an outreach event that lasts for more than 40 days? That’s exactly what happened with the 2017 Upper Columbia Conference Hispanic Camp Meeting this year, but it probably isn’t exactly what most people might imagine. 

The annual gathering of Adventist members from across the Inland Northwest began in December with a special 40-day season of prayer and fasting. During the lead-up time, members prayed and fasted for specific people — people they wanted to reach for Christ. 

TVA Students Learn to Have Servant Hearts

February 21, 2017 / Rachel Blackburn

Kids have big hearts — hearts much like Jesus’ heart. Their compassion, generosity and love for others knows no bounds. That made the first- and second-grade students at Tualatin Valley Academy (TVA) in Hillsboro, Ore., the perfect match for a Christmas service project benefiting Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore.